The regular season, all-star game, and postseason are all events that take place during the year. That will be true again in 2021, as the league sticks to its originally announced timetable, which spans from April 1 to October 3. The World Baseball Classic is an annual international baseball tournament that is held every year. It was created by Major League Baseball (MLB) to promote its brand outside of the United States and Canada.
The first World Baseball Classic was held in March 2006. Two teams competed at each site: the host country and a guest country. The winner of each pool plays off against each other in a single-elimination format. In 2007, the number of participants was increased to eight per team, with two from Europe, two from South America, and two from Asia. In 2008, the format was changed so that each team would now play each other once. In 2009, the number of teams was reduced to eight per region, with two countries coming from each region. In 2010, the number of regions was reduced to four: North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Oceania. In 2011, the number of games played was reduced to 50, with 10 from each team's regional champion advancing to a final round. In 2012, the number of games played was reduced to 40, with 8 from each team's regional champion advancing to a final round.
The MLB schedule for the 2020 regular season has been revealed. Major League Baseball has formally stated its intention to resume play. Players report to training camp on July 1, with a 60-game regular-season schedule beginning on July 23 and 24. The post-season will begin following the conclusion of the 2020 World Series.
The current hiatus was initiated in March when MLB announced that its players would not report to work until further notice. At the time, MLB said it needed "time to determine next steps," but now that the season has been canceled, they can start thinking about what comes next.
It's been over three months since the last game was played, so there's no telling how many more injuries there are to deal with. There's also a chance that some of the older stadiums don't have the best facilities when it comes to keeping fans safe during times like this. But most important is that people want to see baseball again and that means getting back to business as soon as possible.
There's still a long way to go before we get to start up again, though. When you look at all the other major sports, they usually return to action within a few weeks of the end of the season. That's not going to happen this year. A lot of work needs to be done to make sure everyone is ready to go by then.
The 2021 MLB season is set to begin on Thursday, April 1. Remember that the league revealed its schedule in July, before the shortened season even began. The chances of the season starting on April 1 vary depending on the source. Postponing the season would give more time for immunization efforts. However, there are no plans to do so at this time.
In August 2020, after consulting with major league players and owners, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the season would start on April 6, with a scheduled break from April 1 to 28 due to concerns about spreading COVID-19. The decision was made in an effort to allow more time for individuals to receive vaccination shots before returning to work. No games will be played during this period of time; instead, they will be rescheduled to another day in the future. If any club wishes to suspend play during this period, they can do so without penalty.
On February 24, it was reported that Major League Baseball was considering postponing the season until May or June. It was also reported that the Baltimore Orioles were among the teams interested in playing in Mexico during that time frame. On March 3, it was reported that the MLB was still planning to open the season on April 6 but could change its mind if necessary.
"Commissioner Rob Manfred is happy to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon," he stated in a statement. "We have an exciting lineup of games ahead of us this year, starting with the Opening Day matchup between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on Monday, April 1."
Manfred also confirmed that Game 1 of the World Series will be played on Tuesday, October 8, at Yankee Stadium. It will be the first time the game has been played in October since 2012 when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3. The last time it was held in April was 1996 when the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants.
The commissioner said there are no plans at this time to modify or change any part of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, he did note that "any future decisions we make will be based on what is best for baseball and our fans."
MLB announced earlier this month that the scheduled start of the season had been moved up one day to April 1 in response to COVID-19. The decision was made after several major league players tested positive for the virus and while the rest of the world's major sports leagues were still playing ball.